Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Good Handling Practices (GHP) audits and certifications help growers and handlers implement food safety plans that enhance the integrity of our food supply. This cost share program is funded through the Agricultural Growth, Research, and Innovation (AGRI) Fund.

Eligibility

Growers and handlers certified to USDA GAP/GHP standards by an accredited certifier are eligible for this program if:

  • Certification was awarded or continuing between May 16, 2018 and May 15, 2019; and
  • The address on your certificate is located in Minnesota.

Eligible expenses include review, inspection, and administrative costs charged by the certifying agency between May 16, 2018 and May 15, 2019.

Ineligible expenses include costs to prepare for certification, such as installing hand sinks and drains or hiring a contractor to oversee the plan.

Third party certification is required to become GAP/GHP certified. For more information, questions, or to schedule an audit, please call 651-201-6067 or visit the MDA Fruit and Vegetable Inspections webpage.

Amount Available

Certified growers and handlers are eligible to receive reimbursement of 75% of their GAP/GHP certification costs (maximum reimbursement of $2,500).

Applying

Submit your application to the MDA by May 31, 2019. Include:

Mail to:

MDA GAP/GHP Cost Share/AMD
625 Robert Street North
St. Paul, MN 55155-2538